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Rob Lowe to leave 'Brothers & Sisters'

January 21, 2010 |  3:19 pm
Roblowe_B&S After four seasons as Sen. Robert McCallister, Rob Lowe is leaving "Brothers & Sisters." ABC confirmed the news, but neither the network nor Lowe's spokesman offered details on how many episodes he will have left to finish.

Signs have slowly pointed toward a Lowe exit. Robert's heart attack last season had viewers speculating his impending death. Last week's announcement that Robert would not run for re-election left the fate and purpose of the character in question. Lowe's addition to the cast after guest-starring in the show's first season boosted ratings, and even though Lowe has excelled at meaty storylines and scenes with Calista Flockhart, Matthew Rhys and Sally Field, Robert has always remained a peripheral character.

In short, I'm not surprised he's leaving. However, it seems that although his run on "Brothers & Sisters" is over, his relationship with ABC is not. "We would like to keep Rob at ABC," said network president Steve McPherson in a statement. "We feel he should be anchoring his own franchise. We are in talks now."

With Robert's and Kitty's relationship stronger than ever after her illness, I don't see how else the show can write off the character other than killing him. We'll just have to wait and see how it develops, but feel free to comment on how you'd like to see Robert exit the show.

-- Enid Portuguez

Photo: Rob Lowe. Credit: ABC